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Panasonic Pro AG-DVX100BP(S) 3-CCD MiniDV Proline Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Professional digital video camera
- High-sensitivity slow shutter (in cumulative) function
- 3 CCD image system; 24P/30P cinema mode and manual operation
- Allows synchronous setting of time code values among multiple cameras
- Wide-angle zoom lens perfect for small-room shooting, close-ups, and self-recorded interviews
- 3 CCD image system; 24P/30P cinema mode; manual operation
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|Included Components||AG-DVX100B - Eye Cup - Lens Hood - Wireless|
|Item Weight||9 pounds|
|Media Format Digital Video||MiniDV|
|Media Type||Mini DV|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||4.1 MP|
|Package Height||10 x 13.5 x 19.25 inches|
|Shipping Weight||9.4 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||1024 x 768|
From the Manufacturer
The AG-DVX100B introduces a new design that ends the contradiction between a compact, lightweight body and a stable, secure hold. The center of balance is located precisely at the handgrip. Because there's no need for a wide-angle conversion lens, the weight balance is ideal for comfortable shooting. The AG-DVX100B's short body and light weight it weighs only 4.189 lb (1.9Kg) in operating condition* means free, easy maneuverability. Plus, the low-center-of-gravity design and new skeleton lens hood greatly improve forward vision. *Camera-recorder with DV cassette tape and supplied battery.
New AG-DVX100B functions (compared with the AG-DVX100A)
Allows synchronous setting of time-code values in multiple cameras User-settable files can be copied from camera to camera Remote control of focus and iris (wired) EVF and LCD can display images in 16:9 letter-box format
The Leica Dicomar lens featured in the AG-DVX100B incorporates Leica optical technology and know-how. Use of low-dispersion glass reduces color aberration and increases resolution, while a multi-coating process minimizes flare and ghosting. The results are sharp, crisp, beautifully rendered images with delicate nuances and exceptional shading. The lens system features 15 lens elements in 11 groups, including three aspherical lenses. Panasonic's advanced OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) drastically cuts the blurring caused by hand shake. Optical processing with an automatic correction function helps assure consistently clear, sharp images.
410,000-Pixel, 3CCD image system provides f11 sensitivity for superior image quality
Panasonic designed the AG-DVX100B to deliver the highest sensitivity and picture quality in its class. At its heart is a 3CCD RGB system comprising three 1/3-inch, 410,000-pixel progressive CCDs developed especially for broadcast and professional applications. The new on-chip lens design achieves high F11 sensitivity, allowing the AG-DVX100B to record in light as dim as below three lux, for example, in nighttime news gathering. Picture quality is outstanding, with a high S/N ratio that means less noise in darker parts of the image and low smear that allows shooting in sunlight or under bright spotlights.
High-sensitivity slow shutter (in cumulative) function
The slow shutter function uses image accumulation to enable shutter speeds with frame rates reduced by half or more. You get the ultra-high sensitivity needed for nighttime shooting without illumination, as well as dramatic frame-by-frame or soft-focus effects.
High image quality with 12-Bit A/D conversion
The AG-DVX100B features an A/D converter that uses the same 12-bit processing as broadcast camera-recorders. Precisely digitizing the gradation and colors captured by the progressive CCD, this A/D converter supports gamma switching and other fine downstream image adjustments--one of the keys to achieving rich image expression.
RGB gamma processor provides rich, cine-like tones
Panasonic has greatly expanded the expressive capability of the DV camera by creating unique gamma functions such as Cine-Like gamma curves, which produce images strikingly similar in tone to film images. For each of the RGB signals, the gamma curve settings are processed immediately upstream from the digital signal processing circuit. This helps achieve outstanding image quality.
The AG-DVX100B continues with the tradition of the seven gamma curves pioneered with the DVX100A.
Choose from three shooting modes: 24p (24 frames per second (fps), progressive) for images with the look and motion of film movies, 30p (30 fps, progressive), or standard 60i (60 fps, interlace). Thanks to its progressive CCD, the AG-DVX100B creates native progressive images with outstanding vertical resolution--unlike images produced using conventional electronic interpolation. With its high mobility and low costs, the AG-DVX100B is the ideal tool for producing indies, shorts, or streaming video.
In 24p mode, images from the CCD can be 2:3 pulldown-converted (24p Mode) or 2:3:3:2 pulldown-converted (24p Advance Mode) and recorded onto tape in the standard 60i TV format. The tape can then be played back or edited using an ordinary DV system. True 24p editing can be achieved by uploading 2:3:3:2 pulldown-converted images via an IEEE 1394 DV interface to a compatible non-linear editing system.* The 24p Advance Mode allows 60i/24p conversion with minimal picture degradation and on the fly 24 frame extraction.
*Systems compatible with 24PA as of June 2005: Apple Power Mac G4/G5 with FCP 4, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sonic Solutions Vegas
Improved color reproduction and advanced image adjustments built-in
- Optimized color separation optics help provide true-to-life colors
- "Enriched" matrix setting offers more saturated colors
- Adjustable V detail level (edge correction in vertical direction), H/V detail balance, and detail coring (detail noise removal)
- Knee point (luminance compression) settings
- Auto, Low, Mid and High 24p/30p shooting functions for professionals
- Focus assist*
- Gain up (+12 dB max.)
- SMPTE color bar display and output
Wide-angle/zoom lens answers professional needs
The AG-DVX100B's zoom lens extends all the way to 4.5 millimeters (equivalent to 32.5mm on a 35mm lens), covering the full wide-angle range needed in most broadcast and professional shooting. It gives you ample range for close-ups, recording in small rooms, and self-recorded interviews. There's no need to carry around a bulky wide-angle conversion lens. And with a minimum object distance (MOD) of approximately 0.6 meter (1.9 feet) in telephoto mode, the AG-DVX100B has the maneuverability of a handheld camera.
The cam-driven (mechanical) manual zoom ring provides the same smooth, easy zooming as cameras with interchangeable lenses. Its direct operation gives you fast, precise zooming control. You'll also notice the AG-DVX100B's improved operating feel. When you turn the zoom ring, you experience the familiar steady resistance as with familiar 35mm lenses.
The AG-DVX100B is also equipped with a servo-driven zoom that allows slow zooming. Slowest zoom has been reduced to a dramatic 30 seconds from 20 seconds.
Enjoy quick, sharp focusing manually or automatically. In manual mode, the focus ring provides the similar operating feel and responsive control as conventional cameras with interchangeable lenses. In auto mode, you get the quick, sharp focusing needed in news gathering or when shooting at a high or low angle.
When set to infinity, the focal distance is immediately prepared for the next manual focus. When in manual mode, pressing the Push Auto button temporarily activates auto focus.
Macro focus can be achieved either manually or automatically when the zoom lens is in the wide angle position.
What's in the box
Camera, eye cup, lens hood, lens cap, lens cap strap, microphone holder, shoulder strap, AC adapter, AC cable, DC cable, battery, wireless remote control unit, Master Series tape
WARNING: KEEP AWAY FROM SMALL CHILDREN. THE THIN FILM MAY CLING TO NOSE AND MOUTH AND PREVENT BREATHING.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well I've never used the comparable Sony's, JVC's, or the Canon XL2 (some limited experience with the GL2), but as best I can tell without personal comparison this camera does in fact deserve all the great reviews.
The image quality is excellent and in many cases looks about as good as broadcast TV video (nonHD), and the camera allows a tremendous amount of image control--manual focus ring, aperture (iris), gain adjustment, shutter speed, zebra control for overexposure, white AND black balance adjusting, daylight filters, etc. The electronic viewfinder can even be focused via simple diopter. There are six preprogrammed, but customizable, settings for image control so the user can simply dial in whatever setting they need based on the shooting/lighting conditions. So, for example, you shoot occasionally under weak flourescents lights--you adjust the white balance and the gain and the detail level accordingly, save it as a particular "scene file"; whenever you return to that same location or a similar shooting environment, you can click over to the saved settings in an instant and start recording. The first four are factory set for video 60 frames; the last two are 24 fps for a more film-like quality, which this camera handles beautifully.
What actually sold me on the camera, in terms of hardware, were the two XLR jacks--comparably priced models didn't seem to offer this.Read more ›
But really this camera is a well rounded DV camera. Its about as good as you can get with out going HD.
The shots are solid as well as the quality of image. It does not take much to learn the controls, yet in no way is it consumer level technology. Between the white balance controls, the light gain levels, and the 3 filter settings this camera can adapt to a wide range of settings. The color and clarity of the image is brilliant but where the DVX100 really impressed me was in low light conditions. I am a wedding videographer and I was terrified of the reception because theres usually very little lighting and the footage looks black. The DVX100b can keep a good quality image while in very low lighted settings.
The only problem I really had was when I first used it, it was difficult to keep a steady shot. Still with practice over time it becomes easy to hold and have a steady shot.
Above all this camera is freindly for those who have never used a pro camera before, and customizable enough to fit even the best of professional videographers. I recommend this camera to any videographer out there, I especially recommend this camera for those that are beginning and need a camera that can hold you together until you get your style down.
After TOO much research, I broke down & finally bought this camera & let me tell you, we have been nothing but pleased in that decision! One of the key deciding factors, besides the most 'BANG" for the buck, was ALL the online user help groups with very active forums & myriads of artcles & info to ANY question that a new user could EVER need! We have had it for a year & we have yet to call Panasonic with ANY questions, as they are readily answered by a quick post or search on the dvx user forums! I am currently looking for a good fluid head for our camera as my son wants to film hunts this year & bought a tree arm, but the 503 Mafrotto, is proving to be elusive,as it has been discontinued , but happens to be the one my son "NEEDS" wouldn't you know!! LOL
Anyways, I highly recommend this for the new (or experienced!)
"PRO" filmaker, It's been a 100% POSITIVE experience for us! Hope this helps...
BTW, I know HD is the new wave of the future & the ultimate way we will eventually switch over to, but not until the prices come WAAAAYYY down!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this cam! I know it is a little dated but the only improvement I can tell is that the newer models in this range have an internal hard drive rather than tape transport, and,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by melmeister
Pls someone should tell me if this camera uses Memory card or tape or both memory card or tape thankPublished 21 months ago by Ilusanmi Ebenezer Oluseye
I bought this for its manual controls and superb video quality! I would reccomend this to anyone who is wanting to get into professional video on a tight budget!Published on January 20, 2014 by Audiophile
I have had a DVX100A since 2008 and now have 3 of them(and still use them) I have also used different cameras and this camera STILL creates better images than a lot of HD cameras... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Krystal Bolden
I've had my DVX for about 5 months or so now and I love this thing. I can't say too much about it, as it's the first professional camera I've owned. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Kris C
I gotta say this camera really gets the job done. we use this model in my video productions class and it gets some really awesome looking footage. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Jonah O
It works well im happy with it I hope to use this to make alot of money but we will see lol thanksPublished on March 14, 2012 by Tony
Wow, I should have bought less stuff in general and bought better stuff! I decided to take the plunge and buy this, the last of the great SD camcorders, because I wanted to get... Read morePublished on April 7, 2010 by lighten_up_already2